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Robert James Piarote

Military

Shot down by fighters after dropping out of formation due to an engine failure on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30354 'Hustlin' Hussy' Evaded, arrested, evaded... (EVD). See the full story of his evasion at http://www.evasioncomete.org/fpiarotrj.html

Service

People

  • Elmore Loveland

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters after dropping out of formation due to an engine failure on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17 #42-30354 'Hustlin' Hussy'. Evaded (EVD). Escape & Evasion Report E&E 1887. See the full story of his evasion at...

  • Arthur Pacha

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters after dropping out of formation due to an engine failure on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17 #42-30354 'Hustlin' Hussy. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Ralph Palmer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters after dropping out of formation due to an engine failure on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17 #42-30354 'Hustlin' Hussy. ' Evaded (EVD).

  • Allen Patterson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Staff Sergeant Allen D. Patterson was born January 20, 1921. His next of kin wee his mother, Alice Patterson, and his sister, Grace Lazuik. He was from New London, Connecticut. ...

  • William Powell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters after dropping out of formation due to an engine failure on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30354 'Hustlin' Hussy'. Evaded / Prisoner of War (POW). See the full story of his evasion and capture at...

  • Leo Reynolds

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters after dropping out of formation due to an engine failure on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17 #42-30354 'Hustlin' Hussy. ' Evaded (EVD).

  • Ryal Skaggs

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters after dropping out of formation due to an engine failure on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17 #42-30354 'Hustlin' Hussy. ' Evaded (EVD).

  • Frank Wieczerzak

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters after dropping out of formation due to an engine failure on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17 #42-30354 'Hustlin' Hussy. ' Evaded (EVD).

  • William Williams

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters after dropping out of formation due to an engine failure on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 January 1944 in B-17 42-30354 'Hustlin' Hussy'. Evaded capture for 6 months until caught in a trap set by the Gestapo and...

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Units served with

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

  • 549th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30354 Hustlin' Hussy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/5/43; Smoky Hill 2/6/43; Gr Isle 3/6/43; Dow Fd 20/6/43; Assigned 549BS/385BG [XA-X] Gt Ashfield 1/7/43; Missing in Action Frankfurt 29/1/44 with Ralph H. Palmer, Navigator: William Powell, Flight engineer/top turret gunner:...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 198

    29 January 1944
    The primary target for this mission was the railroad marshalling yards and industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany. A combined force of 863 heavy bombers were despatched in three elements to make the attack. The combined bomber gunner claims on enemy...

Associated Place

  • Great Ashfield

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was built in 1942 by John Laing & Son Ltd. 108,000 tons of concrete was used in its construction, creating a Class 'A' airfield suitable for heavy bombers. The 385th Bomb Group took up residence in the summer of 1943, and remained at the...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA 12 October 1922
Lived in 1942

Lebanon, Pennsylvania

Enlisted 21 October 1942

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Bailed out 29 January 1944

of B-17 42-30354 over Belgium; landed near Lobbes, Hainaut, Belgium

Evaded, made prisoner 29 January 1944 – 10 August 1944

Helped by Belgian citizens and Résistance members. He was hidden in various places in Belgium until he was arrested in Brussels on 10 August 1944 in a trap set by a Belgian traitor working for the Germans.

Imprisoned 10 August 1944 – 2 September 1944

in the Saint-Gilles Prison in Brussels

evaded from a train in Brussels, Belgium 3 September 1944

as Belgian railway workers prevented the last train of more than a thousand Belgian prisoners and about 50 Allied airmen to leave for Germany ("The Ghost Train" episode)

Buried 1989

Holy Cross Cemetery, Lebanon, Pennsylvania

Died 4 February 1989

Lebanon, Pennsylvania

flown back to England via Paris

arriving in the UK on 11 September 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 October 2018 13:14:37 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, role, biography, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 2268
Escape & Evasion Report E&E 1952
NARA WWII Enlistment records

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:38 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2268 / MACR 2268, 8th AF Losses / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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